This study provides train operators and ESA with a review of the opportunity presented by Internet to Trains. It will specifically seek to address the following questions:
European citizens are demanding mobile access to broadband networks, also while they are travelling. The users are already capable of accessing these services at stations and airports and the logical extension is their provision on board. To respond to this demand, train operator companies are evaluating available technologies and are launching research initiatives to test different solutions.
The first experiences that have been launched have shown that there is a very important market to be covered in this sector with a high growth in demand. This study will gather a systematic overview of all issues affecting the potential deployment of these services. The result of this activity will be the outline of a sustainable service ready to be commercially exploited by European operators with an affordable cost to the passenger and the service providers using the technology developed by the European manufacturers.
Phase 2 is divided into the following WPs:
The final presentation of phase 2 took place on April 1st at ESA-ESTEC premises in Noordwijk.